Top 10 celebrity hook-ups of 2023: Who started dating who this year

From Timothée Chalamet and Kylie Jenner to Selena Gomez and Benny Blanco, many of this year’s celebrity romances took the public by surprise.

There were break-ups followed by hook-ups, and vice versa.

From international stars to local celebrities, here’s our rundown of the top 10 high-profile couples to make their public debut this year.

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Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce

Taylor Swift fans are as obsessed with her love life as they are with her music, and 2023 gave them plenty of fodder for both obsessions.

It was the year she was (somewhat controversially) named as Time’s Person of the Year, performed sold-out tours around the world — and introduced fans to her newest beau.

After relationships with Joe Alwyn and Matt Healy, Swift went public with her new beau, Kansas City Chiefs footballer Travis Kelce, in September.

Since then, the pair has been pictured on numerous occasions looking very loved up.

“Taylor’s really enjoying getting to know Travis,” a source told Us Weekly.

Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift. Credit: Getty

“They’re taking it day by day, but she has high hopes.

“She likes that he’s a normal, nice guy.

“He’s down-to-earth and isn’t affected by fame.

“She also thinks he’s hot.”

And it appears Kelce is equally keen, with the source saying the self-described “Swiftie” is “completely smitten”.

Timothée Chalamet and Kylie Jenner

It was the celebrity hook-up that arguably had the most people scratching their heads this year.

Timothée Chalamet, who started out as an indie film star before breaking into the Hollywood mainstream, seemed an unlikely choice for reality TV bombshell Kylie Jenner, and vice versa.

But the speculation that the pair were dating turned into solid fact when they packed on a PDA at a Beyonce concert in Los Angeles in May.

They followed up with a high-profile outing at the US Open tennis in September.

Kylie Jenner and Timothée Chalamet at the 2023 US Open Tennis Championships on September 10, 2023 in New York City. Credit: Gotham/GC Images

It’s understood the unlikely couple first met at Paris Couture Week in January.

Rumours about the relationship surfaced back in April, but neither party confirmed at first that they were an item.

Earlier this year, a source told Us Weekly: “Kylie has only hung out with Timothée a couple of times, so things aren’t that serious.”

“However, she’s enjoying getting to know him better and is open to seeing where things go,” the source added.

“(Timothée) is not like any of the other guys (Kylie) has dated before, and although he may not seem like her type, they have really good chemistry.”

The source claimed Chalamet had already met Kris and Kendall Jenner and they “really like him”.

Robert Irwin and Rory Buckey

Fans have loved watching the blossoming relationship between 19-year-old Robert Irwin and Rorie Buckey, the 19-year-old niece of Heath Ledger.

The pair made their public debut on the red carpet earlier this year, attending the premiere of Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One in Sydney on July 3.

Rorie Buckley and Robert Irwin at the Australian premiere of Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One” in Sydney in July. Credit: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Since then, they have appeared more and more frequently on each other’s social media platforms.

Rorie, from WA, has spent time at Australia Zoo in Queensland with the Irwin clan and appears to share their passion for wildlife conservation.

She certainly seems to have received the tick of approval from Robert’s mum Terri and his older sister Bindi, who regularly drop adoring comments on their posts.

Mary Fowler and Nathan Cleary

It was the sporting celebrity hook up that was kept under wraps — until it couldn’t be kept under wraps any more.

Matildas star Fowler and NRL champion Cleary were first rumoured to be together in August, towards the end of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The prospect of a relationship between the two sporting stars seemed to capture the imagination of the Australian public.

Mary Fowler and Nathan Cleary were pictured together at Langley Park in Perth. Credit: The West Australian

After weeks of avoiding questions by reporters about a possible romance, the pair went public in Perth, where they were spotted walking hand in hand at Langley Park and cuddling on the grass as they soaked up the sunshine.

Since then, Fowler has returned to the UK to play with Manchester City and Cleary is gearing up for another season with Penrith.

So it’s unclear if they are conducting a long-distance relationship.

The pair have not gone “Insta official” and have not shared photos of themselves together.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Pip Loth

Actress and Rogue Traders singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte opened up on her personal life in a Something To Talk About podcast, revealing she was in a same-sex relationship after splitting from Cameron McGlinchey, her husband of 12 years.

While her new partner wasn’t named in the podcast interview, Bassingthwaighte soon shared footage of the pair together at a Christina Aguilera concert, where Bassingthwaighte was also performing.

In the video, Bassingthwaighte walked hand-in-hand with Pip Loth, who was first identified as her new partner by the Herald Sun.

Natalie Bassingthwaighte with her partner Pip Loth. Credit: Instagram/Pip Loth

Loth later took to Instagram to share a loved-up picture with Bassingthwaighte, describing her as an “incredible woman”.

“Appreciation post for the most incredible woman who is not only giving me strength, support, love and immense joy, but is teaching me to understand and accept that I am deserving of these things and have them within myself too,” Loth wrote.

“I am so incredibly lucky and overwhelmingly grateful for you @natbassingthwaighte. 🌈❤️‍🔥”.

Selena Gomez and Benny Blanco

Singer and actress Selena Gomez recently confirmed she was in a relationship with music producer Benny Blanco, sharing a black and white photograph of the pair kissing.

But it was a bumpy reveal, with Gomez having to call out trolls who didn’t seem to like Blanco and wanted to let her know it.

Her response? To post a message declaring, “He is my absolute everything” and “The best thing that’s ever happened to me”.

Benny Blanco and Selena Gomez share a kiss. Credit: Instagram/Selena Gomez

According to TMZ, some “fans” complained that Blanco was a “downgrade” from previous boyfriends, including Justin Bieber, Taylor Lautner and Nick Jonas.

But Gomez wasn’t having any of it.

“I appreciate your misguided input but I’m growing,” she wrote back to one critic, saying she was the happiest she’d ever been.

“Don’t feel free to grow with me, just know I’m not going to be with a f***boy ever again.

“Sorry to disappoint.”

Moana Hope and Maria Thattil

Earlier this year, it was revealed that former AFLW star Moana Hope and her wife, model Isabella Carlstrom, had split.

The news was confirmed in May, with Carlstrom announcing the separation “with a heavy heart”.

The pair, who married in 2019, have two children together, Svea and Ahi.

In September, Hope went public with her new partner, former Miss Universe Australia and diversity advocate Maria Thattil.

Moana Hope and Maria Thattil. Credit: Instagram / Maria Thattil

The pair made their red carpet debut at the Melbourne opening night of Death of a Salesman, with Thattil sharing a series of behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram as they got ready for their date.

Since then, the pair has regularly appeared on each other’s social media profiles, looking incredibly smitten with one another.

Posting a sweet black and white photo in October, Hope described Thattil as her “safe space”.

“Your patience, kindness and love has me lost in a happy place that I never want to leave,” she wrote.

Tom Cruise and Elsina Khayrova

The Mission: Impossible star is understood to be wooing Russian model and socialite Elsina Khayrova, who is the daughter of Russian MP Rinat Khayrov and the ex-wife of diamond tycoon Dmitry Tsvetkov.

The pair were first linked romantically in November, when they attended a soiree in London together.

According to The Sun, the pair enjoyed a date night at Hyde Park’s festive attraction, Winter Wonderland, in mid-December.

Tom Cruise is reportedly dating Russian socialite Elsina Khayrova, right. Credit: Getty

“With all their millions, Tom and Elsina can live the high life and never have to be near the public,” a source told the outlet.

“But since they’ve been in London, they have been going out and about without anyone noticing them.”

The source added that Winter Wonderland was a “really romantic spot” for couples.

“He had people on hand to ensure they could be whisked away if they were spotted but no one batted an eyelid,” the source said.

“They walked around all the attractions and took it all in, just like everyone else.”

Ariana Grande and Ethan Slater

Ariana Grande and Ethan Slater hard-launched their relationship in November, stepping out for a theatre night in New York.

The pair met on the set of the film adaptation of Wicked and began dating earlier this year, but initially kept a low profile.

News of their relationship emerged shortly after Grande’s divorce from Dalton Gomez was publicised.

Ariana Grande and Ethan Slater in 2023. Credit: Instagram /

At the same time, Slater was filing for divorce from his wife, Lilly Jay, whom he had met in high school.

Grande and Slater have since been spotted out and about on several occasions and reportedly live together.

Tammy Hembrow and Matt Zukowski

Fitness influencer Tammy Hembrow revealed she was dating reality star Matt Zukowski when the pair turned up together at the premiere of C*A*U*G*H*T in Sydney in late September.

Hembrow split with partner Matt Poole shortly after she gave birth to their daughter Posy.

The Gold Coast-based beauty has two other children with former partner Reece Hawkins.

A loved-up looking Matt Zukowski and Tammy Hembrow. Credit: Instagram/Matt Zukowski

Her relationship with Zukowski went next-level in December when the pair revealed they were engaged.

On December 10, Hembrow posted a video to Instagram showing the moment Zukowski proposed to her during a holiday in the Maldives.

In follow-up photos she shared pictures of her engagement sparkler, writing: “Never in my life have I felt so safe, so loved, so understood, so cared for. What a plot twist you were.”

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